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Morning Sports Report - Jan. 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For the second time this season, Missouri State Bear Marcus Marshall has suffered a knee injury.
     
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For the second time this season, Missouri State Bear Marcus Marshall has suffered a knee injury.
 
But this time, it's more severe and Marshall will undergo surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
 
It is not known how long Marshall will be out.
 
The injury happened Saturday night, with about five minutes left in regulation in the Bears overtime loss to Wichita State.
 
The incident was not really apparent, and Marshall actually talked his way back into the game.
 
Marshall had missed four games early in the season after spraining his left knee.


“It's part of it,” says MSU coach Paul Lusk. “It's part of athletics and it’s part of sports.  You don't like it but you can't hang your head and I'm pretty sure that Indiana State or anyone else in the league is not feeling sorry for us.  And I'm not going to allow our players to feel sorry for themselves.  We have to go and play.  But it affects you.  It affects you strategically, technically from a basketball standpoint.  Kids are resilient.  And they need to rally around each other and be ready for their opportunity."
 
The injury to Marcus Marshall comes at a difficult time for the Bears.
 
After losing a heartbreaker at home to nationally ranked Wichita State, the Bears will hit the road.
 
Missouri State is playing at Indiana State Wednesday night and at Northern Iowa Saturday.
 
The Sycamores are tied with the Shockers for first place in the Valley at 4-and-0.
 
And Northern Iowa is right behind them at 3-and-1.
 
Missouri State coach Paul Lusk says the Bears will turn to sophomore Dorrian Williams and freshman Devon Thomas to pick up the slack.
 
The two game swing will start against the Sycamores.


"It'll give a chance for Dorrian and Devon our other point guards to step up,” says MSU senior Jamar Gulley. “I think they're ready.  We'll just wait until tomorrow to see what happens.  That's basketball, injuries happen like that everyday.  We just have to stay strong and continue to play hard."


"We tasted how good we can be, and how we can compete with the top teams in the Valley,” says MSU senior Nathan Scheer. “We know where we can be at the end of the season if we get our minds right and do what we need to do."
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